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Car Theft

A car was stolen from the Grandin area last week.

On Monday Sept. 11 a 2011 Buick Regal four door car was stolen from Greenbrier Crescent. The car has dark tinted windows and an Alberta liscense plate of BVX5142.

The RCMP is asking the public for help and want anyone who may have seen the vehicle or have any information to contact them.

Bicycle thefts

The RCMP are warning the public that bicycle thefts are on the rise in the city.

The thieves are searching for bikes in many different public areas including schools and shopping centres.

Some of the stolen bikes have been locked up while other have been left unlocked. The RCMP said that locks on bikes only seem to be a “minor inconvenience” to thieves because they are carrying the appropriate tools to cut locks off of bikes.

The RCMP say that bike theft is common and rising in some cities because the crime can be committed quickly, they are easy to transport and can be sold promptly.

Some high-end bikes that have been stolen in St. Albert are Trek, Norco, Haro and Giant but some less expensive bikes have gone missing as well.

The RCMP say that bike thefts typically peak in the months of August and September so the RCMP are warning citizens to take precautions.

To avoid bike theft the RCMP recommend investing in a quality D or U lock that lock at both ends. They suggest avoiding cable locks because they can be cut through quickly with bolt cutters.

The RCMP suggests keeping bikes parked in public spaces but to never leave bikes parked outside overnight. They also suggest registering the bike and etching your name into the frame so it can be identified if it is stolen. The two methods help the RCMP differentiate between bikes.

The RCMP also recommends that when locking the bike to secure it to something immovable and preferably metal. They say thieves will cut through any object if it is weaker than the lock.

Finally, the RCMP suggests bike owners to take photos, record descriptions and mark down the serial number of the bicycle because it helps police recover stolen bicycle. Without proof of ownership the RCMP are unable to return bikes to their rightful owners.

Anyone with information about these or any other crimes is asked to contact St. Albert RCMP at 780-458-7700 or the Morinville RCMP at 780-939-4550. Anonymous tips can be provided to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or at www.tipsubmit.com.

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Jennifer Henderson

Jennifer Henderson joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2016. She writes about municipal, provincial and federal politics; court and crime; general news and features.